Fitness + Technology: Leverage Both for Optimal Health
October 27, 2017
These days, fitness and technology go hand in hand. While technology is often responsible for keeping people overly connected, busy and stressed, it also can be used for good when it comes to health and wellbeing. There are so many great new apps, tracking devices, watches and online videos out there to help you be healthy and informed. Therefore, in today’s post, I’d like to share my thoughts on fitness and technology, my favorite resources and some additional ones for you to check out.
Living and working in Silicon Valley means I see, touch and experience technology all day, every day. These days, I’m sure this is the case for everyone, no matter where you live. It can be daunting at times to be in an environment that moves at lightning speed and to always feel the need to be connected and online by checking email, social media, text messages and apps throughout the day. However, as long as you build in regular breaks from technology and stay balanced every day, here are some ways to use technology for good, as I like to say and the resources I use regularly.
Apps: I love to use MyFitnessPal for nutrition by entering in goals, foods and calories consumed for awareness and tracking purposes. There are also some great healthy recipes and other articles on nutrition within the app. It can be used for entering workouts as well and tracking minutes exercised, calories burned, etc. Another app I love to use for meditation and sleep purposes is Deepak Chopra’s Ananda – Conscious Health. It has a wonderful library of soothing music and instrumentals as well as guided meditations, which help for practicing mindfulness, body awareness, internal connection, breathing and providing the foundation for a good night’s sleep.
Social Media: When it comes to social media, in addition to following individual wellness friends and influencers, I love to follow some of my favorite health, wellness, fitness and nutrition brands, publications and resources on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well. They provide great insights, products, local events and tips. This list includes Athleta, Reebok, Sports Basement, Bay Clubs, American Council on Exercise, IDEA Fitness, Athletic and Fitness Association of America, Crunch, Livestrong, Fit Approach, Thrive Global, Shape, Women’s Health, Well + Good, mindbodygreen and Eat Right Nutrition.
Online Videos: There are some great online workout videos out there that are fun, challenging and informative. While I launch my own workout videos regularly on my Passion Fit YouTube channel, I love Grokker (I used to work for them!), Beach Body, BeFiT, Pop Sugar Fitness, Blogilates and Tone it Up. They all have great content, workouts and experts.
Tracking Devices: I have one tracking device I like to use to track my steps, calories burned, miles run or walked and hours slept and that’s the Fitbit Alta. I like that I can sync it with my phone and the app and I can do challenges with friends and family as well. It’s simple, comfortable and easy to wear and use daily. If you’re looking for additional research on the best tracking devices for you, check out this awesome and thorough review article on Reviews.com.
That’s it for today, Passion Fit Crew. Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you find ways to combine fitness and technology that work for you!